Venice Carnival 2011 – Ottocento – Da Senso a Sissi

The beginning of Easter fasting is marked in Venice with the magic formula “Carni vale!”, that is “shedding” from the meat “sin”. Or in other words, it’s time for celebration, play and exhuberance, that is it’s time for the Venice Carnival! This year’s Venice Carnival lasts between 26th of February and 8th of March. However, tourists and local people could join the last weekend the “Festa Veneziana”, a kind of  “Carnival of Venice Preview”. This year the carnival will mark 150 years from the unification of Italy and will also celebrate the woman, who will be also celebrated worldwide on the 8th of March. OTTOCENTO – Da Senso a Sissi is the name of 2011′s Carnival of Venice with connection to Luchino Visconti’s film – “Senso”. So, the Carnival will mix togehter this year themes from history, culture, society and cinematography. On the 8th of March, the Carnival of Venice will end with a water parade, silently, along Grand Canale. The feast will take place almost everywhere – in San Marco Square, on the streets, in theatres, public buildings, all will be full of entertainers, such as musicians, dancers, actors and singers.


Inside the Venetian palaces, visitors will watch fancy-balls, where tourists will also join, if they pay an entrance ticket (between 50 Euro to 300-400 Euro/ person) and if they are properly dressed. If you don’t have this dressing code, then don’t worry, because masks and costumes can be found everywhere in Venice for sale or rent. One complete costume can cost up to 200 Euro per day. However, taking part in the Venice Carnival can cost you few Euro if you want to buy only a fancy mask, such as Moretta, Bauta or Gnaga.There are also free entrance shows in Venice, those taking place in San Marco Square, in open air. As a tip, if you live for instance in Maestre, in the neighborhood from Venice, then you’ll pay less for drinks and food. In Venice, everything tends to be more expensive, as you are closer to most important sightseeing.

Venice Carnival 2011 - OTTOCENTO – Da Senso a Sissi
Venice Carnival 2011 – OTTOCENTO – Da Senso a Sissi


For a great accommodation deal click here and you will find the best rates in Venice for the 2011 Carnival. Transportation is based mainly on gondolas or water taxis. However, if you are on a tight budget, don’t take gondolas, because this is the peak season and the ticket is very expensive. But, you can go by Vaporetto and Traghetto in order to reach the surrounding cities. If you want to benefit more from the Venetian atmosphere, it is highly recommended to go by feet. Don’t forget that during the Carnival of Venice there are very many tourists there and it tends to be overcrowded for a peaceful walking.
Carnival of Venice 2011 Costumes
Carnival of Venice 2011 Costumes

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  1. Hotel Venice says:

    This is the best time to schedule a trip to amazing Venice and the video reviews demonstrate it.

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